Catalogue 2016 - 2017

FS 240 Scientific Evidence


3 cr.


FS 201, BIO 107/117, and CJ 101.

Course Description

This course introduces the forensic science major to the theories of scientific evidence. After a brief study of the history, theory, and application of the rules of evidence in complex civil and criminal matters, the course will specifically focus on the procedures of qualification of expert witnesses and various scientific disciplines relative to the admissibility of expert testimony and scientifically-based evidence through each stage of a legal proceedings. The course will include both the civil and criminal trial processes, definitions of scientific evidence, and qualification of expert witnesses. These topics and the procedures for validating scientific evidence disciplines will be studied in detail through actual case studies from various U. S. judicial jurisdictions.


This course satisfies one of the Writing Intensive Course requirements for Arts and Sciences' students.